Archive for January, 2011

Being Excused from State Criminal Court

Defendants often want to be excused from attending court. This might be, for example, because they must drive for hours (or even days) to reach the courthouse or they don’t want to miss work or school. It is up to the judiciary whether a person can be excused from court and policies vary by county and judge.

Some judges and counties require defendants to appear for every single court date unless specifically excused from attending court by a judge. When this is the case, defendants should plan to be present for every court appearance and should not ask a judge to be excused from court unless there is a compelling reason to do so.

Some judges will defer to the prosecutor and defense counsel on this issue to a certain degree; if both lawyers agree that the defendant may be excused from court, then the defendant will not need to appear. There will be no such agreement when the parties know a given court appearance is one where the defendant must be present (such as for a plea agreement) or it is one where the judge always requires the defendant to be present.

The defense attorney has no power to excuse a person’s presence from court. Ultimately, it is always up to a judge. If a judge allows the parties to reach an agreement as to this, defense counsel still must get the prosecutor’s agreement on the matter. The only thing the defense attorney can do is ask for permission. If the judge or the prosecutor denies that permission, then the defendant must be present. If the defendant fails to appear, he will likely receive a warrant for his arrest and risk forfeiture of the bond posted in his case.

Jeremy Richey

2010 Stats In Review (Post Generated by

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 24 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 146 posts. There were 3 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 325kb.

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How to Understand Material on Judici — Part 4
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How to Understand Material on Judici — Part 3
May 2008

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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